2019-01-27

Headlines:

From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

High-schoolers get face time with extremists in class – (Associated Press)
WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Last week’s videotaped encounter at the Lincoln Memorial left many wondering about the state of reasoned political discourse in the country, or if it exists at all in a hyperpartisan era of red “Make America Great Again” hats versus p…

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost – (Associated Press)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses f…

Fears that 2nd dam could breach in Brazil prompt evacuations – (Associated Press)
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian officials on Sunday suspended the search for potential survivors of a dam collapse that has killed at least 40 people amid fears that another nearby dam owned by the same company was also at risk of breaching.Authorities we…

Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing showdown – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela defused a potential showdown with the United States, suspending a demand that U.S. diplomats leave the country as Washington called on the world to “pick a side” in the South American nation’s fast-moving crisis.Socialist P…

Venezuela’s Maduro rejects EU ultimatum on fresh elections – (Al Jazeera English)
The embattled president dubs opposition leader’s declaration unconstitutional, but says he is open to talks with the US.

Suspect in Louisiana shooting deaths caught in Virginia – (Associated Press)
WARSAW, Va. (AP) — A man suspected of killing his parents and three other people – including a girl he was dating – was arrested Sunday when he showed up at his grandmother’s house in Virginia, a sheriff there said.On Saturday, Dakota Theriot, 21, shot and ki…

Analysis: Give 1st round to Pelosi in shutdown skirmish – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the year’s first test of divided government, give round one to Nancy Pelosi. And it wasn’t really competitive.When the record 35-day partial federal shutdown began before Christmas, Pelosi had just won a vote-by-vote struggle for enough D…

Thousands more leave Venezuela amid new crisis – (BBC News)
People are desperate, some have left their families behind, as they try to escape the crisis in Venezuela.

Peru landslide kills 15 at wedding party – (BBC News)
A torrent of mud and rocks crashes into a hotel, causing walls to collapse on guests, officials say.

Brazil court freezes further $1.3 billion in Vale accounts over dam burst – (Reuters)
A state court in Brazil on Sunday blocked 5 billion reais ($1.33 billion) in Vale SA assets to pay for damages from a tailings dam that burst at an iron ore mine, according to a statement from the state prosecutor’s office in Minas Gerais.

Venezuela’s Maduro denounces election call but says ready to talk – (Reuters)
Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro rejected an international ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said opposition leader Juan Guaido had violated the country’s constitution by declaring himself leader.

Israel recognizes Guaido as leader of Venezuela – (Reuters)
Israel on Sunday threw its support behind Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s leader.

Kamala Harris’ prosecutor past draws scrutiny in White House bid – (Reuters)
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris launches her 2020 White House campaign on Sunday with a rally in her hometown of Oakland, California, less than a mile from the courthouse where the Democrat began her career as a prosecutor.

Nearly 24,000 ordered to evacuate after Brazil dam burst, 250 missing – (Reuters)
Firefighters on Sunday called for the evacuation of some 24,000 people from the Brazilian town hit by a deadly mudslide from a ruptured mining dam as rains added to concerns a second dam could collapse.

World Para Swimming Championships: Malaysia stripped of hosting 2019 event – (BBC News)
Malaysia is stripped of hosting the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships for refusing to let Israeli athletes compete, says the IPC.

‘El Chapo’s’ lawyers face tough choices at trial’s end – (Reuters)
With federal prosecutors expected to rest their case against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Monday, lawyers for the accused Mexican drug kingpin have given few clues about how they plan to counter three months of testimony by more than 50 government witnesses.

Russia and Putin mark 75 years since WWII siege of Leningrad – (Associated Press)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian city of St. Petersburg marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the devastating World War II siege by Nazi forces with a large military parade Sunday in the city’s sprawling Palace Square.Russian President Vladimir P…

Philippines vows to crush ‘terrorists’ after church bombs kill 20 – (Reuters)
The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

Motivated Djokovic sets sight on Federer with machine-like precision – (Reuters)
Novak Djokovic underwent surgery to fix an elbow problem 12 months back and in the process seems to have also eradicated any remaining glitches in his game, handing out an incredible mauling to Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open final on Sunday.

France warns against ‘exorbitant’ payoff for ex-Renault boss Ghosn – (Reuters)
France’s finance minister said on Sunday a severance package for former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn, forced to resign in a financial scandal, should not be “exorbitant” and that the French state would follow the matter closely.

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From various sources

Analysis: When Iran terror, missiles, nuke program mix – is EU fed-up? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Last week, France announced that it would impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic if it did not make concessions regarding its ongoing ballistic missile tests.

UK Labour reinstates former MP suspended over antisemitism – (The Jerusalem Post)
In a Facebook post last year, Sheridan said that he had lost “respect and empathy” for the Jewish community in response to the continued antisemitic row that has been hounding the party in recent months.

American astronaut visiting Israel for Space Week – (The Jerusalem Post)
“From space we do not see the earth with political borders,” said Kelly, who holds the record for most space flights for an American astronaut.

Malaysia stripped of Paralympics swim meet after banning Israelis – (The Jerusalem Post)
The International Paralympic Committee vowed that all athletes should be able to compete without discrimination, after the Muslim-majority country barred Israelis from the competition.

Google Play’s trending game – created by Hezbollah – (The Jerusalem Post)
The game was downloaded by over ten thousand users, and received positive reviews.

PM’s lawyers: law enforcement illegally leaked information 122 times – (The Jerusalem Post)
“This is a blatant case where quantity transformed into quality and that the volume and constancy of leaks has infected the criminal investigation to its core,” said lawyer Navot Tel Tzur

Qatar brokers US-Taliban talks as US seeks for way out of Afghan war – (The Jerusalem Post)
Diplomatic cables reveal that US had concerns about Taliban using Qatar for funding.

Ted Bundy Movie Trailer Starring Zac Efron Has Riled People Up – (Buzzfeed)
“I feel so bad for the families of the victims that have to sit there and see their terrors revived as a witty romantic thriller”

Private pupils use mockney accent to seem less posh, says ex-head of Harrow – (The Guardian (UK))
Prince William, George Osborne and Tony Blair all ‘estuary English’ users, says Barnaby Lenon

Will there be another government shutdown? – (CBS News)
Molly Ball, Ramesh Ponnuru, David Sanger, and Shawna Thomas discuss the latest news on the shutdown.

Manchin says “outside observer” needed to negotiate immigration deal – (CBS News)
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, tells moderator Margaret Brennan an “outside observer” is needed because there’s a lack of trust on both sides.

Israel recognizes Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan leader, Netanyahu says – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Israel joins the United States today, as well as Canada, most South American countries and European nations,” Prime Miniseter BenjaminNetanyahu said.

Mata Is On Course To Break Beckham’s Free-Kick Record If He Stays At United – (The Sport Bible)
Manchester United legend David Beckham holds a free-kick record in the Premier League, but will Juan Mata be able to break it?

23 Celebs That Started Their Careers By Playing Unnamed Extras – (Buzzfeed)
Kristen Stewart played Girl in Fountain Line in The Thirteenth Year.

Cardiff City Cancel First Transfer Payment To Nantes, Bordeaux Request Sell-On Fee – (The Sport Bible)
Cardiff have reportedly cancelled the first installment of £5 million to Nantes.

High-schoolers get face time with extremists in class – (Associated Press)
WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Last week’s videotaped encounter at the Lincoln Memorial left many wondering about the state of reasoned political discourse in the country, or if it exists at all in a hyperpartisan era of red “Make America Great Again” hats versus p…

A new trailer for The Wandering Earth shows off a desperate plan to save the planet – (The Verge)
China’s biggest science fiction blockbuster to date

Roger Stone’s long history of ‘dirty’ politics – CNN Video – (CNN)
Roger Stone’s alleged coordination with “a senior Trump Campaign official” to seek stolen emails from WikiLeaks is one of many instances he’s stirred the political pot. CNN’s Jake Tapper reports on Stone’s long history of “dirty” politics.

Hughes unanimous No. 1 in look at first round of 2019 Draft – (NHL News)
NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage agree that center Jack Hughes from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program under-18 team will be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Ice Storm Challenges – Gold Ice Brutes, Elite Members – Fortnite Wiki Guide – IGN – (IGN)
Fortnite at IGN: walkthroughs, items, maps, video tips, and strategies

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All about Trump

Roger Stone’s long history of ‘dirty’ politics – CNN Video – (CNN)
Roger Stone’s alleged coordination with “a senior Trump Campaign official” to seek stolen emails from WikiLeaks is one of many instances he’s stirred the political pot. CNN’s Jake Tapper reports on Stone’s long history of “dirty” politics.

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost – (Associated Press)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses f…

Roger Stone decries FBI’s ‘Gestapo tactics,’ points finger at Rick Gates – (USA Today)
The political operative believes Paul Manafort associate Rick Gates is the unnamed “senior Trump campaign official” in the indictment against him.

Americans support investigating Trump, but many are skeptical that inquiries will be fair, new poll finds – (The Washington Post)
A new Washington Post-ABC News survey finds that half of respondents express “just some” confidence or none at all that the forthcoming special counsel’s report will be evenhanded.

Trump cites ‘ridiculous’ costs of illegal immigration amid wall push – (The Hill)
President Trump on Sunday asserted that the U.S. has already incurred nearly $19 billion in costs related to illegal immigration in 2019, and called it “ridiculous” that millions of illegal immigrants are living in the U.S.

Steve Martin mocks Roger Stone on ‘SNL’ – CNN Video – (CNN)
Frequent “Saturday Night Live” host Steve Martin appeared as Roger Stone to roast the former Trump adviser’s arrest and indictment on charges related to the Robert Mueller investigation.

Roger Stone Says He Would Consider Cooperating With Mueller – (The Wall Street Journal)
Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone said he would consider cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller after his arrest Friday in a seven-count indictment.

Trump ally Roger Stone hedges bets on cooperation with Robert Mueller – (The Guardian (AU))
Adviser will ‘certainly testify honestly’ in Russia investigation and says he has not destroyed evidence

Trump ally Roger Stone hedges bets on cooperation with Robert Mueller – (The Guardian (UK))
Adviser will ‘certainly testify honestly’ in Russia investigation and says he has not destroyed evidence

Israel recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as president – (Axios)
The Trump administration had asked Israel to support its move against Maduro.

Mick Mulvaney on “Face the Nation” says Trump is willing to shut down the government again in three weeks – (Google News)
“He is willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border. He does take this very seriously. This is a serious humanitarian and security crisis”

Mulvaney: Trump will secure the border ‘with or without Congress’ – (The Hill)
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Trump will secure the southern border “with or without Congress,” and did not explicitly rule out the possibility of another government shutdown in the

Kids held in Trump’s tent city in Tornillo tell us what it was really like – (Vice News)
“I don’t think I can erase it from my life.”

Sen. Joe Manchin on looming battle of border security funding – (Fox News)
The longest government shutdown in U.S. history ends but President Trump and Democrats remain locked in a stalemate over his border wall; insight from Sen. Joe Manchin, the lone Democratic senator to vote for both bills to reopen government.

Mick Mulvaney on the political fallout from the government shutdown fight – (Fox News)
Will President Trump and Democrats find a compromise? Insight from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Daniel Radcliffe slams Tom Brady over Trump support and MAGA hat – (Fox News)
Avid football fan Daniel Radcliffe is sick of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ constant victories, but even more sick of Brady’s support of President Donald Trump.

Roger Stone does not rule out cooperating with Mueller – (CNN)
Roger Stone said Sunday he would tell the truth about his communications with President Donald Trump and did not shut the door on the possibility of cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Roger Stone does not rule out cooperating with Mueller – (Google News)
Roger Stone said Sunday he would tell the truth about his communications with President Donald Trump and did not shut the door on the possibility of cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Chris Christie says pardoning Roger Stone is not “politically viable” for Trump – (Axios)
“The president understands the limits of politics.”

‘SNL’ recruits Steve Martin to play Roger Stone – (USA Today)
“Saturday Night Live” returned for its second show of 2019 addressing the government shutdown and arrest of President Trump associate Roger Stone.

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